Doc Series P.O.V. To Explore Election Issues in 17th Season
by Eugene Hernandez
P.O.V., PBS's annual doc series, will offer a focus on election year issues in its 17th season which will kick-off on June 22nd. The series will debut with Carlos Sandoval & Catherine Tambiani's "Farmingville," a look at immigrants in suburbia, on June 22nd at 10 p.m. The PBS series will continue on every Tuesday at the same time through September. "Farmingville" debuted at Sundance this year where it won a special jury prize.
Election-themed programs set to screen include Paul Stekler's "Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style," Richard Kassebaum's "Bill's Run: A Political Journey in Rural Kansas," Shola Lynch's "Chisholm '72 - Unbought & Unbossed," and Esteban Uyarra's "War Feels Like War," which look at the Iraq war through the eyes of international independent journalists.
"The outstanding films included in this year's P.O.V. collection speak to issues that resonate nationally and increasingly, internationally," said Cara Mertes, P.O.V.'s Executive Director, in a prepared statement. "They are truly inspiring, important examples of the power of independent storytelling that collectively represent the 'state of the art' of non-fiction filmmaking."
Other films set to screen on P.O.V. this season include Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman's "Thirst," an encore showing of Elizabeth Westrate's "A Family Undertaking," Tami Gold & Kelly Anderson's "Every Mother's Son," Jesse Moss's "Speedo," Mel Stuart's "Wattstax," Aaron Matthews's "A Panther in Africa," Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk's "Lost Boys of Sudan," and Jamie Stobie & Janet Cole's "Freedom Machines."